254 - August 2018
Andy Maguire, Coventry
The Rave is a must do weekend for me every year.
I meet up with a couple of mates and it's always a blast. I usually
do Friday to Monday but the line up was great for Thursday which was
the first night so I decided to bite the bullet, take the night off
work and go. Last year I rode there on my motorbike but it was such
a chore on the motorway for mile after mile so it was a car this time
for the surprisingly smooth journey which took only 3½ hours for the
180 miles. As the Rave is a sell out, parking is a nightmare if you
arrive on the Friday so another good reason for the early start.
arrived at Pontins, Camber Sands, Sussex just after 8.30pm. I went straight
to reception to check in where I bumped into Geordie who I share with
so we went to the deluxe chalet, me to have a quick change and out,
Geordie was calling it a night. Sam, my other chalet mate had come back
for a quick pitstop so we walked over to the main ballroom to catch
the last of DJ Colin Silcocks' set and Bob & The Bearcats were ready
to go. Bob Butfoy, Darrel Higham, Nick Hoadley and Les Curtis have reunited
for this years Rave before Bob moves over to Spain with his family so
he's doing a last Bearcats gig at the Rave. As you can imagine with
such accomplished musicians, they put on a good show but after the first
couple of numbers I went for a beer which was an adventure in itself.
The bar staff were new so when I asked for a bitter shandy the young
lad said "We don't have bitter, only Carlsberg or Tetleys", I'll have
Tetleys then. I had a couple of beers which for some reason this year
were served in plastic cups which won't help save the planet. I had
a catch up with Sam and we were joined by some other friends while Deke
Dickerson & The Eccofonics were on stage so I just listened from a distance.